November 28, 2012 11:30 AM
Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano
Hoang-Ngan Nguyen contemplates one of a number of framed works of "computational art" on view on the fourth floor of Stanley Thomas Hall on the Tulane uptown campus. For the fifth straight year, the Center for Computational Science is holding an art show comprising images produced by faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.
Ricardo Cortez, director of the Center for Computational Science, says it's not only fun for a group of scientists to put on a gallery show, it's also a good way to get the word out about the research that goes on at the center. Behind Cortez to the left is a piece he created. To the right is a piece created by mixed-media artist Norah Lovell, a senior program coordinator in the Tulane Honors Program. Cortez sent his work, titled "Self-Crossing of Phase-Shifted Sinusoidal Waves with Growing Amplitude Arranged in a Circle," to Lovell to see if it would inspire her to make a contribution. Lovell, in turn, produced the whimsically titled "Criss-Crossing of Tartan-Shifted Sinusoidal Waves Arranged by Taxonomic Rank."
"I was intrigued by the project," says Lovell. "I didn't know what 'sinusoidal' meant, but I looked it up."
"Spintop," by postdoctoral student Jacek Wrobel, draws an audience. According to the accompanying placard, "Spintop" is a graphic representation of "two-dimensional stable and unstable manifolds of the Volume-Preserving Henon Map."
Carrie A. Manore, a postdoctoral researcher, gestures as she discusses her work, "Matrix in Flight," which represents the spread of an epidemic in two species.
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